Update Feb. 18: Police say driver who caused crash had “paranoia” and had not eaten for days. The Seattle Times has the story here.
Update 6 p.m.
Seattle Police report six people, including the suspect, were transported to various area hospitals for treatment of their non-life-threatening injuries. More details on this nine-car crash from our partners at the Seattle Times here.
The road will be shut down until approximately 7:00 p.m. while officers and detectives complete their on-scene investigation.
Police and the Washington State Patrol are reporting that all lanes of First Avenue Northeast are blocked (4:41 p.m.) near Northgate Mall by a police investigation and multiple car crash.
The on and off ramps to Interstate 5 are blocked.
Washington State Department of Transportation
From Seattle Police:
Shortly before 4 p.m., officers in the North Precinct spotted an erratically driven vehicle, traveling northbound on First Avenue Northeast. Officers began following the vehicle. The female driver accelerated towards the intersection of First and Northeast 107th Street.
The driver drove through the intersection at a high rate of speed, striking multiple vehicles. Seattle Fire responded to the scene. Several victims were transported to Harborview Medical Center and other surrounding hospitals for serious but not life threatening injuries.
The driver appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and or drugs. She will be processed at the scene.